TSA

by Chris | November 23rd, 2010

Like usual the press (conservative and liberal alike) is obsessed with an issue of moderate importance.  This time the issue de jour is airport screening.  No, it’s not the first time this issue has been debated, and it won’t be the last.

Since President Bush expanded the reach and scope of the Federal government through the Patriot Act this has been an issue.  Those Republicans loyal to the party regardless of circumstance applaud this intrusion into our privacy citing the value it brings to public safety.  Democrats hated it because of the power it gave the government … until they held the reigns.

The truth is that it does increase public safety.  But then so would requiring every citizen to make every purchase through the Federal government to ensure that we are protected against those attempting to make homemade bombs; or routing everyone’s personal finances through the Federal government to mitigate money laundering from terrorist.

While these are important issues and worthy of debate there is a two-fold problem.  First the rabid fever with which this issue is being addressed, and second (but more important) is the fact that government bureaucracies way of dealing with this and any issue is not innovation and efficiency but by crafting new policies and micromanaging the application and results.

The problem is that because of our fear we have allowed the Federal government additional powers, and the Federal government has been myopic and naïve in its response.

Clearly terrorism is a real problem.  Clearly they used commercial airplanes as a weapon.  Clearly the use of airplanes as a weapon is something that needs to be addressed.  However, while everyone is running around arguing about what search methods should be utilized the terrorists are laughing and planning more attacks with different weapons.

The possibilities are endless.  They could use our water system, electrical grid, Internet (like the “flash crash” on Wall Street), human bombs in shopping malls, chemical attacks in our vaccines, et al.

I don’t know what the answer is … that’s not my job.  I do know that our obsession with the TSA has limited value and that by focusing on that leave us vulnerable in other areas.
 

82 Responses to “TSA”

  1. Makes a change to read a post where someone knows what they are talking about.

  2. Most of the comments on this page don’t make sense.

  3. Individuals are so into “social” web sites they’ve got forgot ways to reside a actual existence

  4. Practise what you preach

  5. I used to love reading your blog, but lately it’s been a little boring. I’ll still read it though =)

  6. My name is Lukas and i am coming from Poland. I am a member of the wedding photographers greece group and i really love taking wedding photos. i have studied web design in greece at a private college and at my free time i create web sites for my friends and me. I have read most of your articles and comments that you publish daily and i would like to thank you and express my appreciation for your really nice work.

  7. It’s never too late

  8. I recently came across your web site and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my very first comment. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this website very frequently.

  9. You should definately write more about this! Please!

  10. I recently came across your web site and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my very first comment. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this website very frequently.

  11. Bookmarked your website. Thank you for sharing. Definitely worth the time away from my workload.

  12. I know i’m a little off topic, but i just wanted to say i love the layout of your blog. i’m new to the blogegine platform, so any suggestions on getting my blog looking nice would be appreciated.

  13. I actually knew about most of this, but having said that, I still thought it was useful. Nice job!

  14. this post is great haha i am bookmarking your blog man

  15. Bookmarked your website. Thank you for sharing. Definitely worth the time away from my workload.

  16. Brilliant post. You know I just got back together with my ex and this blog just made me even happier.

  17. What a great blog. I spend days on the internet reading blogs, about tons of different subjects. I have to first of all give kudos to whoever created your website and second of all to you for writing what i can only describe as an amazing post. I honestly believe there is a skill to writing articles that only a few posses and frankly you have it. The combination of informative and quality content is definitely extremely rare with the large amount of blogs on the internet.

  18. Have realized your own website. My pal described the idea in my experience prior to, however never received close to to examining against each other up to now. I need to exhibit, I’m floored. I seriously relished going through your posts and will totally return to obtain more.I must say i love exactly how it’s quick upon my own eye and also the truth is well crafted. My business is questioning buying and selling domains might be informed every time a brand-new write-up has been produced. I’ve subscribed in your rss which should do just fine! Possess a great time!

  19. Sorry to hear that.

  20. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

  21. What a great blog. I spend days on the internet reading blogs, about tons of different subjects. I have to first of all give kudos to whoever created your website and second of all to you for writing what i can only describe as an amazing post. I honestly believe there is a skill to writing articles that only a few posses and frankly you have it. The combination of informative and quality content is definitely extremely rare with the large amount of blogs on the internet.

  22. Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

  23. i’m adding your blog rss feed so that i can see your new posts. keep up the good work!

  24. Hey how are you doing? I just wanted to stop by and say that it’s been a pleasure reading your blog. I have bookmarked your website so that I can come back & read more in the future as well. plz do keep up the quality writing

  25. Wow, interesting! Has anyone else come across the same thing compared to this? I am curious where to find more responses on this matter…

  26. You should definately write more about this! Please!

  27. I just needed to say that I found your site via Goolge and I am glad I did. Keep up the good work and I will make sure to bookmark you for when I have more free time away from the books. Thanks again!

  28. this was a very entertaining read. i enjoyed it very much!

  29. i thought this was a really great post to read. i’ll check back for new posts by you!

  30. Nice and very informative post. Your point of view is more or less the same as main. Thanks!

  31. In my opinion it is a smart point of view. I meet people who rather say what they suppose others want to hear. Good and well written! I will come back to your site for sure!

  32. Interesting and really rattling true. Bookmarked.

  33. Nice and very interesting post. Your point of view is more or less the same as main. Thanks!

  34. Nice and very informative post. Your opinion is more or less the same as main. Thanks!

  35. This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  36. Love your site man keep up the good work

  37. hey great information your site contains will return when I have time to read more.

  38. Hi, my sister recommended this blog. I like what I see so far, but I will have to check back a few more times before I put it in my daily bloglist.

  39. Couldn’t be written any better. Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  40. I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but goodtopic.|I needs to spend some time learningmore or understanding more.|Thanks for greatinformation I was looking for this information for my mission.

  41. Substantially, the post is actually the sweetest topic on curing acne naturally. I concur with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your future updates.

  42. Hello this post is funny and good. Can you tell me any related articles?

  43. thanks you good archive.

  44. Good stuff from you, guy. Ive understand your stuff ahead of and youre just too awesome. I adore what youve acquired right here, appreciate what youre saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and also you nonetheless control to maintain it wise. I cant wait around to read much more from you. That is genuinely a terrific blog.

  45. I am not actually specific if finest practices have emerged approximately factors like that, but I am confident that your fantastic operate is clearly identified. I have been asking oneself if you supply any subscription for the RSS feeds as I will be quite fascinated and can?t come across any hyperlink to subscribe proper right here.

  46. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog, especially its discussion.Keep up the excellent work.

  47. I enjoy whatsoever you’ve performed listed here. I love the portion through which you communicate you do this to deliver back again nevertheless I would presume because of all the feed-back this really is working for you too.

Follow Us On Twitter

It's About Freedom!

Dedicated to God who has endowed us with the Rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

"A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."
John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 17, 1775

Categories

Archives

Blogroll